City Flourish exists to help organizations expand and measure social impact through rigorous statistical analysis and advanced data and technical solutions.
City Flourish began in 2013 as a city-wide initiative in Cape Coral, FL. called, “Not In My City.” It had two goals:
‘Everyone would know where to turn for help when a crisis hit,’
‘Every child would have a strong support system.’
Our first step was to conduct a lengthy asset and needs assessment. We then organized and published thousands of community resource guides that were distributed through areas businesses and by first responders. Between 2013-2015, several large-scale initiatives were launched including the Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, the first medical center for the working uninsured or under-insured in Southwest Fl., ABC-V, an innovative foster care visitation program in partnership with University of Delaware, Safe Families of Southwest Fl., and a partnership with the Lee County School District to organize mentoring programs at local schools.
To what end?
By 2015, we had a lot of people involved in a lot of projects. Mentors were in title I schools every day, foster care programs and partnerships were growing, food delivery was expanding, and innovative new programs were started, including job training and career services. The question that kept surfacing was, “To what end?” What is the impact of our work? It was a simple and essential question to ask, but the answer and implications were more complex.
The core services of City Flourish were further developed with an emphasis on evaluation in 2015 through the work of Evana Network, and in the spring of 2018 City Flourish officially launched as an initiative by Evana to provide services that would help non-profits and churches measure and expand social impact.